Overall, the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook is a solid machine for students and consumers who use the Web for their cloud-based computing needs. Given that it is so closely tied to the Google family with Chrome OS, it is very capable as an alternative to a low-end Windows PC.
However, as with most devices that are tied to cloud-based services, the ThinkPad Yoga 11e becomes a brick when it doesn’t have a network connection. Users need to remember to download their files from Google Drive or other cloud-based storage apps and store them locally on the built-in 16GB storage if they want to get work done offline.
One advantage of using a Chromebook is that Android apps will run on top of Chrome OS. Although this strategy is in its early stages, for those who use Android-based smartphones this could potentially boost Chromebook use beyond education, and one can see more synergy developing between the two platforms. Schools will also be pleased to know that Adobe is currently testing Photoshop for Chrome OS which means we may soon see Adobe’s entire Creative Cloud available for Chromebooks.
Finally, while the ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook is heavy compared with other Chromebooks, the extra bumpers are ideal for elementary school children. While middle school and high school students tend to be more careful with technology and won’t appreciate the extra weight that comes from adding more ruggedness to the design, a little extra protection goes a long way. That said, if older students carry this device plus their textbooks, the ThinkPad Yoga 11e would turn their backpack into a heavyweight.
Bottom line, if you need a rugged Chromebook this is your best choice. If you’re careful and don’t want to carry a heavy device then buy a cheaper Chromebook.
- Solid and rugged
- Comfortable keyboard
- Long battery life
- Keyboard buggy when flipping modes